“I love scrapbooks. They are one of the finest ways of dejunking life and abode... A good scrapbook is interesting and inspiring even to the stranger...Well put together scrapbooks and photo albums have warmed more hearts than any bound book... Without a good scrapbook, much that's memorable in life is forgotten or damaged or lost...."

~ Don Aslett

Thursday, June 30, 2011

July Stamp of the month Blog Hop! Happy 4th!

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  The stamp set featured this month is D1458 American Celebration.  This month we have 64 wonderful consultants participating and showing off their creations!

If you have come from Jill's Blog then you are on the right track!

This month's stamp set is so patriotic and versatile! I loved using it for this page layout of my trip to the Phillies game and also the birthday card that I made and I foresee using it a lot more to scrapbook my 4th of July memories!  For the layout I used mostly star images to complement my baseball theme. 
For the card, I was able to stamp the large firework image and then punch it out with the scallop punch to give it the 3-D effect that you see.  I then stamped the large star image and punched it out with the circle punch to create the center.  I saw this done and just had to give it a try - thanks to Naomi Smith!
This card is for a special friend of mine who will undoubtedly see this card here before she gets it in the mail  but it's ok.  She'll understand when it arrives!

Products used (all CTMH except where noted):
American Celebration stamp set
Chocolate Alphabet large stamp set
In the game - Baseball stamp set
Sky, Pacifica, and Cranberry Inks
White Daisy, Pacifica, Cranberry, Sky Cardstock
Fanfare Level 2 paper packet
Sunny Yellow bigger brads
White Daisy Grosgrain ribbon
Non-CTMH: Phillies themed embellishments

Now "hop" on over to Mary's Blog and check out her beautiful artwork for this month!
If you get lost along the way you can go to Helen's Blog to see the complete list of all the participants this month. 

Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some other great ideas! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until July 31st!  Contact me (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) or click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Bingo Challenge

As with all my posts it seems lately, I am a little late!  This Heart 2 Heart Challenge was for last week and had planned to play along on time, but got backed up with other crafty ventures.  But anyway, I did play along with Bingo and still wanted to share my creation.  My father is retiring in just a few short days and apparently the folks that he works with have been helping him out and he has hired me to make all his thank you cards.  This gave me the perfect opportunity to make a card that fit the challenge!

The challenge was to pick 3 items in a line on the board and use them to create.  I ended up with flowers, a border punch and some buttons.  I used kraft cardstock for my base and used the Mayberry paper pack for the other pieces.  I used pink and green buttons, and big pinks flowers.  The border punch is a Fiskars punch that I have had forever and love!  I used the Thank You stamp set and Smoothie ink.  
Enjoy and be sure to check out all the other artwork from this challenge and for the current challenge as well!

Friday, June 17, 2011

ScrapThat Preview for Saturday June 18th

Again, I am late with posting the preview!  Shame on me!  Well, now that the school year is over I should have much more time to be more focused on the blogging world.  Anyway, for those of you who wait for this - here it is....  Tomorrow at ScrapThat I will have several projects at several different price points.  The first is a flip flap layout themed for the start of summer using Fanfare papers.  The second is a photo wallet book that can be a last minute gift for Dad using the Lucky papers.  Also, I will have more Sophia spring kits at the request of the crowd from last time!

flaps closed

left page flap open

right page flap open

Happy Scrapping and hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June stamp of the month workshop!

Event Calendar Workshop

Come and make your own event calendar or maybe one for a gift or even both!  These calendars can be used year after year as a place to keep track of all those important events like birthdays and anniversaries. 

When: Thursday, June 30th 
Where: ScrapThat2!
in the Burlington Center Mall

Cost options:
(all options include calendar, sparkles, and Glitz glitter gel in cost)

·       Option 1 – Bring/use your own papers/inks/supplies:  $17

·       Option 2 - Use my papers/inks/supplies:  $20

·       Option 3 - Make one for you/one as gift: $42*
(includes your choice of paper pack)

*Option 3 qualifies you to purchase the June Stamp of the Month, Jubilation, for 25% off, just $17.21!

RSVP and prepay by June18th!

Friday, June 3, 2011

ScrapThat Preview for Saturday June 4th

Hi all, I know this is a little last minute, but better late then never, right?   Anyway, I wanted to share the make and take classes that I will be offering this Saturday June 4th at ScrapThat.  The first features Sophia and spring and the second features retired paper, You Rock and a "You're a Star" theme.

Hope to see you there!